EVERYONE has a favorite word-association drinking game.  For example, taking a drink every time someone says or sings “Who” during “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  Or if you want to stay sober, drinking every time MSNBC says “Benghazi.”

Mine happens tonight. 

For the past couple of years, I’ve found myself drinking every time Obama says “Let Me Be Perfectly Clear” during the State of the Union Address.  Other than “if you have ideas, I want to hear them,” this is the closest thing that our President has to a catch phrase.

He typically delivers it in a condescending tone, but he always (ALWAYS!) pairs it with a wag of his finger.  The more clear he is trying to be, the more animated his finger gets.

Thanks to the government shutdown, I expect him to be extraordinarily clear tonight. That’s why I’m betting the over in Vegas (currently sitting at six mentions at the Bellagio).

So as you watch the speech tonight, please keep me and my liver in your prayers.